Tony Abreu of the Los Angeles Dodgers joined most of the Dodgers' third-baseman today. The promising slugger has been placed on the Disabled-List with a sore groin. Who would have expected that all of the Dodgers' depth at third-base would fall victim to injuries during Spring Training?
Abreu, previously declared as the starting third-baseman for Opening Day 2008, has been struggling with the aftermath of hernia surgery performed this past October. Despite hitting .208 in Spring Training, Abreu did not look like a healthy option for 2008. Now, the Dodgers will have to rely on Blake DeWitt and Chin-Lung Hu.
When asked about Blake DeWitt, Joe Torre exclaimed, ""He was a non-roster invite and he's still here. He's played well and everyone around him is falling down." The prospect is now batting .224 during the Pre-Season. I hope that DeWitt does not "fall down," like the rest of his predeccesors at third-base.
Hopefully, Tony Abreu will not stay on the Disabled-List for an extended period of time. I expect Joe Torre to start Blake DeWitt at third-base for Opening Day, and Chin-Lung Hu at second-base. Thank god that the Dodgers' had a plethora of depth in their infield.